Local News

  • Former assistant Owen County fire chief passes away

    Friends and family gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of a former Owenton fire chief
    James “Big Jim” Ware, 76, passed away at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Jan. 29 following a long illness.
    A lifelong resident of Owen County, Ware grew up in the Long Ridge area where, according to friends and family, he enjoyed blessing ones he knew through his cooking.
    Those close to Jim became fond of his secret barbecue sauce recipe,

  • Blaze destroys home on Highway 227

    A Feb. 5 fire on Highway 227 is believed to have originated from a wood stove.
    The New Liberty and Owen County Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a structure fire at the 8000 block of Highway 227 North to find the home of David Stafford fully engulfed in flames.
    According to New Liberty Volunteer Fire Chief Greg Davis, no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured while on scene.

  • Smith House ground zero for annexation battle

    The legality of five ordinances approved by the Owenton City Council under former Owenton Mayor Doug West remains in question following the Smith House Restaurant’s Nov. 2014 advertisement for intention to apply for a liquor license.
    The ordinances annexed five roads into the city limits. The roads included sections of highway on Highway 22, Highway 127, Ellis Road, Gratz Road and East Adair Street.
    The five ordinances were approved by the Owenton City Council in July 2013, but have recently been publicly called into question.

  • Runnin' Rebels reach All 'A' semifinals

    It was an incredible ride for the Owen County Rebels and their fans.
    ‘Rebels Nation’ was on full display last week at the Touchstone Energy All ‘A’ State Basketball Tournament. Owen County spent three nights in Frankfort as they advanced to the semifinals before finally being knocked out on Saturday night.
    The Rebels began the tournament by taking on Augusta on Thursday evening. The Panthers looked to control the tempo of the game and for the first half they were successful. Owen County held a slim 26-24 lead at halftime.

  • Low gas prices could lead to budget woes

    N-H News Correspondent

    While Owen countians have enjoyed the recent fall in gas prices, the county’s road department is experiencing uncertainty.
    The vast majority of the Owen County’s road department budget is funded by a wholesale gasoline tax set by the state. A decrease in the wholesale price of gasoline could mean a fiscal year budget shortfall of up to $185,000.

  • Honoring "Sarge"

    N-H News Correspondent

    An Owen County man was laid to rest Jan. 27 with full military honors at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Grant County.
    Harold “Sarge” Eugene Laws, 81, of Wheatley, was struck by a vehicle while walking in Carroll County.
    According to state police, he was taken to the University of Louisville, but died shortly afterward as a result of his injuries.
    The accident happened around Burger King on Kentucky Highway 227 in Carrollton.

  • Poet laureate to speak at art council’s annual reading

    Kentucky’s Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker will speak at the Owen County Council For the Arts’ annual poetry reading, an event organizers say you won’t want to miss.

  • Coburn joins News-Herald staff

    With a background in sales and a love for small town atmospheres, Maria Coburn joined the staff of the News-Herald Jan. 20.
    A 2007 graduate of Owen County High School, Coburn originally hails from Independence, but moved to Owenton with her family in Jan. 2007.
    Coburn will serve as an sales/office assistant for the News-Herald.
    News-Herald Publisher Jeff Moore said he is excited to have Coburn on board.

  • Knitting for a cause: Local woman hopes to aid area children

    Knitting since she was in the fifth grade, Debbie King has decided to use her near-lifelong passion to help Owen County children.
    King, who moved to Owen County from Boone County in Sept. 2013, said she was involved in a program called “Scarf It Up Boone County.”
    Those involved in the program come together to knit scarves for children who are less fortunate.  

  • 2015-16 draft budget presented to school board


    N-H News Correspondent